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Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

‘Wide Open’ may well be Michael McDonald’s most musically dense and compelling studio project – and that’s saying something.

The Successful Failures – Ichor of Nettle (2017)

The Successful Failures – Ichor of Nettle (2017)

Juggling power-pop instincts with roots rock influences, the Successful Failures produce a sound that exercises both the body and the brain cells.

Toto, “A Thousand Years” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “A Thousand Years” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

“A Thousand Years” offered a glimpse into Toto’s growth and aspirations, as they began the run home on 1988’s ‘The Seventh One.’

Chicago, “Happy Man” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Happy Man” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

“Happy Man’ is the least-bombastic vocal Peter Cetera ever recorded with Chicago, and I’m including “If You Leave Me Now.”

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

‘On Broadway’ offers mostly curiosities for admirers and collectors of the brilliant ’60s and ’70s songs composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

“Owner of a Lonely Heart” wasn’t great progressive rock but, without this track, it’s doubtful the band Yes would still be here today.

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

A new reissue highlights the often-overlooked Paul Collins’ Beat, one of the great power pop bands from the late ’70s/early ’80s.

Toto, “Anna” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Anna” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

There are some songs that simply take me away, and Toto’s “Anna” is one of them. It’s a master class.

Toto Tuesday, “You Got Me” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto Tuesday, “You Got Me” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s ‘The Seventh One’ boasted a layered sonic sheen eclipsing anything else in 1988 – and no where is that more evident than “You Got Me.”

Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame (2017)

Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame (2017)

Ending a paucity of all-new material since 2004, the singularly creative experimental pop warrior Arto Lindsay is set to break the fast on April 21, 2017. That’s when

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